Sivley, who has lived in the city for about two years, takes guests on five stops along Canton Street. The first is Oli+Ve at 1003 Canton St. where tourgoers experience a tasting of the different oils and vinegars sold there. Next is Roux on Canton at 946 Canton St. for appetizers and beers. Then it’s on to Table and Main, 1028 Canton St., for entrees followed by more entrees and wine at Vin 25, 25 Plum Tree St. The tour ends with dessert and coffee at Greenwood’s at 1087 Green St.
“I just chose places that I personally like [and] that I think everyone would like,” Sivley said.
She picked the Canton Street area of Roswell because she said it was the perfect corridor to host a walking food tour.
“I think what I really appreciate [about the restaurants] is the mixture of sophistication and comfort,” Sivley said. “You can find very upscale food, but you can be very comfortable in your evening out.”
Sivley was inspired to start the business after attending food tours in Athens and Decatur led by her friend Mary Charles Howard.
“She started the company Georgia Food Tours a couple of years ago,” she said. “I went on one of her first tours in Athens and I had a lot of fun.”
Sivley started her tours in June, and Saturday will be the third tour she has hosted. She keeps the tours fairly small, preferring to host between six to eight guests at a time.
Tickets for the tour are $65 each, which include food and drinks from a pre-selected menu. If guests want to order additional items, they can open a tab separate from the group’s and pay for extra items individually, Sivley said.
Tickets must be reserved at least 24 hours in advance. Sivley said she sends guests questionnaires to factor in any allergies, health concerns or food aversions when selecting the menus. Tours generally start at 4 p.m. on Saturdays or Sundays and last about two and a half hours.
As the tour business grows, Sivley said she thinks she will stick with the same restaurants but might expand by adding different tours.
“I do want to do this for as long as there’s a market for it, and I think the market is growing,” she said. “The restaurants are so wonderful, so I think that the interest is only going to grow in our tour.”
Though the tour is open to all, Sivley said she thinks her business will mostly come from residents who have lived here for a while and are looking for a different way to spend time on the weekend or those who are entertaining out-of-town guests.
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